Conservative groups in the African nation of Ghana have recently stepped up their attacks against gay and lesbian people, calling for their arrest and “rehabilitation.” Now, Joy Online is reporting that one member of Parliament is “blaming tourism for the introduction of homosexuality in the country”:
The NPP MP attributed the practice which he described as a growing trend in the country as indication of emotional and sexual slavery in Ghana.
Mr Balado Manu called on the executive to urgently initiate laws to curb the practice.
He asked the Tourism Ministry to develop a strategy which will reduce the negative impact of tourism on Ghanaians.
Balado Manu was responding to a statement by the Tourism Minister Akua Sena Dansua on preparation and the challenges facing this year’s PANAFEST and Emancipation day celebrations. The Ahafo Ano South MP disclosed that he is aware that some tourists visit the country for sex tourism.
Sexual contact between people of the same sex is illegal in Ghana and the country’s president — John Evans Atta Mills — recently made it clear that he has no intention of permitting “the practice of homosexuality and lesbianism.” During a recent speech, Mills claimed that homosexuality, drug abuse, armed robbery, child prostitution, rape, defilement, and other sex-related crimes were all contributing to the immorality prevalent in the society. At least one Ghana official, Nana Otu Akoto — the chief of Akwamufie in the Eastern Region — disagreed, telling a recent radio interviewer, “I am not a homosexual but I said we should legalize the homosexuality because it is real in Ghana. When something is real, you don’t drive it underground.”
The nation’s minister for justice and attorney general, Martin Amidu, has also declared that “homosexual acts engaged in privacy do not fall foul of the law, because one cannot tell what happens in people’s private life.” “It is illegal to invade the privacy of two rightful thinking adults to obtain evidence for prosecution purpose,” he said.